Veterans Affairs

VA open FHIR API project discussion at HL7 event
By Jessica Davis 04:15 pm June 19, 2018
Veterans Health Affairs’ director of standards and interoperability warns that FHIR is not a cure all, just one valuable asset in a tech toolbox.
EHR happenings and interoperability initiatives in May
By Tom Sullivan 09:29 am June 01, 2018
Apple, Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner and others made noteworthy moves in the last few weeks.
VA leadership shakeup with Trump administration
By Jessica Davis 04:01 pm May 30, 2018
The agency’s Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman announces his retirement, as Trump names yet another acting secretary to fill the post left by Robert Wilkie.
Cerner President Zane Burke talks about DoD MHS Genesis EHR
By Jessica Davis 02:03 pm May 21, 2018
On a call with investors, Burke praised the EHR pilot at the Defense Department and suggested those negative media reports may have involved a competitor.
Trump shakes hands with acting VA secretary Wilkie at White House

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Robert Wilkie after nominating him to be next Veterans Affairs Secretary on Friday. Photo by Mark Wilson, Getty Images

By Jessica Davis 02:28 pm May 18, 2018
Joking that he “ruined the surprise,” the President made the announcement at the White House prison reform summit Friday afternoon.
VA secretary Wilkie announces VA signs Cerner EHR contract

Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie delivers a brief statement during the daily news conference at the White House on May 17. The VA later announced its decision to sign Cerner contract. Photo by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

By Jessica Davis 09:30 am May 18, 2018
After nearly a year of speculation, the Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same EHR as the Department of Defense.
Veterans Affairs EHR modernization project
By Jessica Davis 02:36 pm May 16, 2018
In the last four months, the agency has lost about 40 senior staffers and the lack of experienced IT leadership puts the EHR modernization project at risk, 11 Congressional members argue.
By Jessica Davis 11:52 am May 11, 2018
The final rule will override state laws to create a nationwide telehealth program to improve care access and reduce wait times for veterans.
VA Cerner EHR

VA CFO Jon Rychalski testifying before Senate on Wednesday. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 10:18 am May 10, 2018
VA CFO Jon Rychalski told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the latest delays in contract negotiations were because the acting secretary “came in cold” to the position.
Veterans Affairs EHR modernization
By Jessica Davis 01:22 pm May 09, 2018
The bills, introduced by the Committee on Veterans Affairs, also give legislative authority for VA providers to practice telemedicine across state lines.

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